Recently, the popular blog Pick The Brain published one of my articles concerning Yin Yang and the role of “opposing forces” in our lives.
In the piece, I explain how stepping out of our comfort zones and implementing opposites is a great way to expand our mental (and physical) durability.
Because the article was so well received, I thought it might be a good idea to expound on some of the recommendations. Here are a few fantastic ways to implement Yin Yang in your life, along with explanations as to why it’s beneficial:
Mix up Your Relationship
When it comes to relationships, almost everyone experiences the feelings of doing the “same old same old” (especially with a significant other). Spontaneity is an essential component for relationships because it provides a terrific sense of freshness and renewal. The wonderful part about being spontaneous is that it can mean so many different things; from planning an impulsive get-away to trying in Indian food for the first time, the point is to create sparkle in your relationship by constantly implementing new activities! Make it your goal to be spontaneous with your loved one(s) at least once a week.
Get Yin Yang in Exercise
Too often we get stuck in exercise patterns that do not promote a diverse experience for the body and mind. Although you may feel like you are doing a really good thing by concentrating on one (or few) routines, you may be limiting yourself. People who only do Yoga can benefit from lifting weights; people who focus on weights should do more Yoga! Shaking up your workouts is a wonderful way to get a “pop of opposites” going in your life.
Mix up your Eating Habits
Likewise, many of us get caught up in eating the same types of food over and over again. Integrating a diverse range of foods, and trying new ones, can stretch your internal bandwidth of acceptance and is a fantastic way to push the limits of your Yin (or Yang). If you constantly crave sweet foods, try integrating some spicy fares into your diet. Perhaps a big meat eater will benefit by going vegetarian for a few days. The practice of shaking up your eating habits is very healthy for the body, which is susceptible to falling in a rut by eating the same types of foods over and over.
Create a New Attitude
Purposefully using Yin Yang in your life is a wonderful excuse for experimenting with new “ways of being”. Are you a shy person that is constantly insecure about the way you are being perceived? If so, start using Yin Yang as a reason to get out there and shake up your personality. Perhaps you should go to a Karaoke club and sing your favorite song in front of hundreds of strangers! Conversely if you are an extreme extrovert, spend a full day in complete silence where you do not talk on the phone, email, or watch TV. Making a habit of integrating these types of personality-challenging activities can do wonders for your well-being.
Bring Yin Yang to Work
We spend so much of our time working, that it would be foolish not to bring the law of opposing forces to our jobs. This might mean attempting new ways to a solve problem, or asking a different set of people for help, or even being really nice to people that usually annoy you. The point is to look for ways to intentionally step out of your comfort zone and integrate new perspectives in your job. By doing this you will have increased motivation, greater success, and feel more fulfilled at the end of the day!
In all, periodically shaking things up can be extremely healthy and provide you with a wonderful sense of renewal. Try bringing the philosophy of opposites described in this article to start feeling more
alive and vibrant in your daily life. It really does work…
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